Expedition and Mountain

Our Expedition and Mountain Survival Courses in Scotland are designed to give attendees an insight into the planning and preparation stages, along with the safe and successful execution of an expedition both at home and abroad. From weather forecasting, navigation and safe route choice, equipment and clothing to specialist equipment and communications use.

You can book your Expedition Course now with our online booking system, please check course dates for availability. Once you have booked your course you will receive an email confirming the course and payment details. Remember to download the available resources for your course and bring them with you when you start.

We have a range of courses to suit everyone, for more information on our Expedition and Mountain Survival Courses in Scotland please do contact us. We look forward to welcoming you in the 2020 season.



1 Day Navigation Skills Training Course £100

The Overview for the 1 Day Navigation Skills Training Course includes the following:


This course is for anyone interested in learning about navigation or wanting to brush up on their knowledge.


The course will be based in and around our Bothy in Alvie Estate.


The aim of this course is to provide attendees with the knowledge and experience in navigational skills that will allow them to have the confidence to put the skills into practice in their own time. This will also aid attendees in being able to confidently and competently plan and prepare hikes and expeditions using correct methods of navigation.


The Itinerary for the 1 Day Navigation Skills Training Course includes the following:

Depending on the level of knowledge/experience of the group the following will be covered:

  • Introduction to maps and care and use of maps
  • Map Scales used by hill walkers
  • The Grid System and 4 and 6 figure Grid references
  • Map Symbols and using features to aid navigation
  • Contour Lines and basic interpretation
  • Use of the compass to take bearings from a map
  • Walking on a bearing
  • Pacing
  • Identifying and using handrails and maintaining position with an orientated map
  • Recognising the shape of the ground on a map and on the ground
  • Planning a route and implementing a route plan

We will also aim to cover other related topics such as emergency procedures for if anything goes wrong (injury or getting lost), emergency action plans, bad weather planning and how to prepare for an expedition.


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Three Day Mountain Exped Skills – Cairngorm 4000’s £360.00

The Overview for the Three Day Mountain Exped Skills – Cairngorm 4000’s includes the following:

The first of two wild camp @ 1100 meters in Coire Domhain. One of Britain’s true wilderness spots


This course is designed to equip attendees with the skills and knowledge to be able to carry out their own multi-day trips in mountainous regions. The secondary aim is to climb 4 of the 9 4000 foot mountains, and ascend 5 of the 6 highest mountains in Britain.

This course is ideal for anyone who is just getting into hill walking/mountaineering, or the experienced hill walker that wants to expand their knowledge of wild camping and safety aspects.



The course is run in the Cairngorms National Park, in the highlands of Scotland. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Europe and is home to 5 of the 6 highest mountains in Britain. The Cairngorms is the highest, coldest and snowiest plateau in the British Isles, closely mimicking an Arctic tundra.


Skills Covered

Weather forecasting and interpretation

Mountain Weather information Service, Met Office and Synoptic chart interpretation

Equipment and kit needed for multi-day trips in the mountains
Packing for an expedition, rucksack packing demo, gas/fuel stove demonstrations, survival equipment and clothing/sleeping systems

Safe Route choice and planning

Naismith’s rule, timings and contour appreciation.

Navigational skills, map and compass as well as GPS

Orientating map to the ground, taking bearings, timing and pacing, contour appreciation. Introduction to GPS, and when it’s appropriate to use.

Tent choice and wild camping

Tunnel vs Dome vs Geodesic tents, when to us and why. Picking a wild camping pitch in an upland environment. pitching and tips.

Expedition food and nutrition/water safety

Sedimentation, filtration and purification of water in an upland environment. Man-made filter on the market.


Due to the number of mountains climbed (7), over all distance, weight carried and height gain, individuals must have a good level of fitness. If you have any questions regarding fitness levels please contact us before booking on this course.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Three Day Mountain Exped Skills – Cairngorm 4000’s includes the following:


Itinerary will vary according to weather conditions and group ability. The following is a rough outline.

Day 1

• Meet and greet, as per joining instructions
• Weather forecasting, different resources to be used. Introduction to Synoptic charts.
• Kit check and equipment talk
• How to pack a bag for an expedition in the Mountains
• Depart from Cairngorm Mountain Car Park and Ascend Cairngorm (1245m)
• Wild camp on the Plateau above 1000 meters

Day 2

• Ascend Ben Macdhui (1309 metres and Britains second highest peak)
• Ascend Carn a Mhaim
• Wild camp in the Lairig Ghru

Day 3

• Ascend Devils peak, Cairn Toul, Angels Peak and Braeriach.
• End Ex


Date Time Spaces Price Book
26 August 2022 09:30 - 16:00 3 £360 Book Now

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